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BLOCKIES: The Failure of the Soldier Settlement scheme LAUNCH

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“Blockies” is a collection of haunting images, each one hand-printed by Greg Branson using the traditional Silver Gelatin process.

These abandoned homes and sheds tell the stories of the WW1 soldiers who were failed by the soldier settler scheme. They capture the beauty and starkness of the Australian landscape, while also revealing the struggles and hardships faced by the soldiers who tried to make a living on the land.

Artists talk and launch at 2pm June 17th. Exhibition open 10am-4pm Saturday 17th and Sunday 18th June.

Launch by Mark Baker.

Mark has researched and written extensively about WW1. He is one of Australia’s most experienced journalists and a former Senior Editor of The Age, Editor of The Canberra Times and Managing Editor (National) of Fairfax Media. During 13 years as a foreign correspondent for Fairfax, News Corp and The Financial Times he had postings in China, Hong Kong, Thailand, Singapore and Papua New Guinea. He covered the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and was wounded while covering the civil war in Bougainville in the early 1990s. He has also served as Political Editor and Canberra Bureau Chief of The Age. Mark Baker is now publisher of the independent online magazine Inside Story.

His most recent book was Phillip Schuler: The Remarkable Life of One of Australia’s Greatest War Correspondents.

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